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2018

April

About 252 million years ago, more than 90 percent of all animal life on Earth went extinct.

The sun is made almost entirely of hydrogen and helium. Earth, on the other hand, is made mostly of oxygen packed into various compounds. So are its rocky planet neighbors.

Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration recently released new research on its flagship Smart Course, "Habitable Worlds," published

On Tuesday, May 8, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities

March

On one of the most memorable days of her life, Kaye Reed found herself holding the jawbone of an ancestor who lived 2.8 million

In front of a sold-out crowd, the 2018 Founders’ Day Awards program honored members of the ASU community for the impact and excellence of their work March 21 in Tempe.

TRAPPIST-1 is an ultra-cool red dwarf star that is slightly larger, but much more massive, than the planet Jupiter, located about 40 light-years from the sun in the constellation Aquarius.

Four years after NASA was established, administrator James Webb was so inspired by a portrait of an astronaut, he ordered the creation of an agency art program.

Considering the innovative research, sustainability-designed campuses, and the sheer size of graduating classes that result from Arizona State University, it can be hard to imagine the univer

Editor's note: Friday's events at the Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center focused on helping professional athletes transition out of their playing careers, new ways of inv

Although his freshman year was tough, he describes his college experience as a labor of love.
Included in some of the best experiences McCulloch had during his undergraduate years at ASU was being a project manager and systems engineer for the HIDRA Mission, a high altitude balloon payload.
Fields’ advice to new School of Earth and Space Exploration students is to take advantage of the many resources available to students at ASU to help them succeed.

Eli Perez currently stands as the sole Fulbright scholar from Mexico at Arizona State University, but that is likely to change as ASU’s Graduate College carves out more opportunities for talented i

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun, hybrid celebration — a mixture of religion and Irish folklore, symbolism and food, plus lots and lots of green beer. (The day after? Sometimes not so much fun.)

It’s 2218, and you’ve got some vacation time coming up. A hundred years ago this meant choices like the Bahamas, wine tasting in Napa or a drive through Italy.

The Arizona State University Alumni Association will honor alumni, faculty and supporters at its annual Founders’ Day Awards Dinner, set for 6 p.m.

A good book can transport the reader into a faraway universe filled with rich detail.

New research shows that sections of the San Francisco Bay shoreline are sinking at rates of nearly half an inch (10 millimeters) a year.

Many universities have a presence in Washington, D.C.: a lobbyist, an internship coordinator, or a few folks who hand out swag and try to wrangle money out of federal agencies.

February

Long ago, about 400,000 years after the beginning of the universe —the Big Bang — the universe was dark.

Arizona State University's Open Door held its finale at the Tempe campus on Saturday, where visitors learned from ASU experts on a veritable smorgasbord of c

As humans reach out technologically to see if there are other life forms in the universe, one important question needs to be answered: When we make contact, how are we going to handle it?

For many STEM students, working for NASA is a lifelong dream. For Arizona State University's NASA Space Grant Scholars, that dream is already a reality.

At 1:45 p.m. Arizona time on Tuesday, SpaceX successfully test launched its Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, seven years after first announcing the project.

January

From the 2017 total solar eclipse to this week’s 

Psyche, NASA’s Discovery mission to a unique metal asteroid, has a new digital home at ASU as of this week.

From an early-morning lunar eclipse “blood moon” to an evening blue “super” moon, Wednesday, Jan. 31, will be a day full of lunar excitement. 

Three Arizona State University student-led payload projects have been selected to launch into space on Blue Origin’s "New Shepard" space vehicle

More than a decade ago, ASU declared its intent to become the world leader in sustainability research and education, taking the first steps in 2004 with the launch of the Global Institute of

There are big-picture jobs, and then there’s Peter Schlosser’s mission.

He has the whole world in his hands.

For undergraduate student Abigail Weibel, enthusiasm for geology and photography drew her to Arizona’s landscapes. Then learning about ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration fired her decision to attend ASU.
Undergraduate student Mickey Horn always liked math and building things. In ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration he found a perfect fit for his interests in designing and building instruments for space exploration.

Some people think that STEM and liberal arts don’t go together.

The undergraduate degree in earth and space exploration at Arizona State University combines science, engineering and education to investigate Earth, its solar system and the universe.

In 2021, a spacecraft the size of a Cheerios box will carry a small telescope into Earth orbit on an unusual mission.

Alonzo Jones has one of the best jobs at Arizona State University: associate athletic director for inclusion and championship life.

Who doesn’t want to lead a championship life?

2017

December

Arizona State University ranks ninth out of 719 universities in the U.S.

The night before Thanksgiving, while traveling with his family for the holiday, Jeffrey Cohen sat down in his hotel room for a Skype chat with Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow.

On Tuesday, Dec.12, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, n

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement.

November

Five graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowsh

For more than 400 years, humanity has been pointing telescopes skyward, peering into the depths of space to ask fundamental questions about the nature of the universe.

Arizona State University has become a founding member of the Giant Magellan Telesc

The Infiniscope Education Advisory Board members are an essential part of the success of Infiniscope, providing immediate feedback on how the experiences will work in both traditional and non-traditional settings.

Exploring Mars with the Curiosity rover means identifying rocks and minerals that can tell scientists more about the Red Planet and its distant past.

October

The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Ariel Anbar, a President’s Professor in Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and School of Molecular Sciences, to its first-e

A little sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. That is all it takes to keep cyanobacteria — the miniature versions of plants — happy.

With a new round of nuclear brinkmanship between Washington and Pyongyang and the fly-by of a near-Earth asteroid in the headlines the past few weeks, the last thing we needed was another doomsday

In 1980, the city of Tucson and the Arizona Department of Water Resources began an ambitious plan to replenish Tucson’s depleted aquifers.

On Aug. 17 at 5:41:04 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected a burst of gravitational waves.

NASA's longest-lived mission to Mars has gained its first look at the Martian moon Phobos, pursuing a deeper understanding by examining it in infrared wavelengths.

September

Shortly after NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft flew past Earth at a distance of about 11,000 miles on Sept.

Two profound changes have shaped the Earth. One happened about 2 billion years ago when our atmosphere became flooded with oxygen and made way for life as we know it.

It’s a spacecraft the size of a shoebox, and, if all goes well, it will launch on a voyage to the moon in about two years.

John Holloway, emeritus professor of chemistry and geology in Arizona State University's School for Molecular Sciences and world-famous experimental petrologist, died on Sept.

As an out-of-state, incoming first-year student to Arizona State University, Angelica Berner decided to attend an Early Start program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The Cassini space probe will end its mission early Friday morning.

At the beginning of the year, Arizona State University publicly launched

Knowing the lay of the land is crucial for first responders during emergencies and for civic planners making decisions that direct a city's future.

ASU’s Manoochehr Shirzaei, geophysicist and radar remote sensing expert from the School of Earth and Space Exploration, has recently been selected to join NASA's Sea Level Change Team.

August

During the total solar eclipse on Aug.

Education is what’s left after you’ve forgotten what you learned in school, Albert Einstein said.

It didn't matter that Tempe wasn't in the path of totality of Monday's solar eclipse — thousands turned up on the Tempe campus for the eclipse-viewing party hosted by the School of Earth and Space

If, like Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, you want to see the sun blotted out from the sky and painted black, then you are in luck.

A loss of oxygen in global ocean seawater 94 million years ago led to a mass extinction of marine life that lasted for roughly half a million years.

A team led by geoscientists from Arizona State University and Michigan State University has used computer modeling to explain how pockets of mushy rock accumulate at the boundary between Earth's co

July

One of the billions of small steps man needs to take to reach Mars was taken last week.

In June 2016, an international team of 31 astronomers, led by the University of Maryland's Eleanora Troja and including Arizona State University's Nathaniel Butler, caught a massive star as it died

ASU astronomers Sangeeta Malhotra and James Rhoads, working with international teams in Chile and China, have discovered 23 young galaxies, seen as they were 800 million years after the Big Bang.

In the week marking the sixth anniversary of the end of NASA’s Space Shuttle program, scientists continue to make the case for space.

One small step for man ... one giant reason to celebrate each year.

From Italy to Iceland to Indonesia, volcanoes have been worshipped and venerated for centuries, seen as the abode of angry and capricious gods mollified only by fish, pigs, and holy relics.

Sometimes Arizona State University’s mission is carried out far beyond the boundaries of campus.

Editor's note: This is the first in our weeklong monsoon series.

Arizona State University geoscientist Everett Shock has collaborated with a team of life scientists from Montana State University to discover a puzzle at the junction of geochemistry and biology. 

June

Planets get all the attention — just look at the ruckus raised when Pluto was demoted or anytime NASA announces exoplanet discoveries.

When Apollo astronauts on the moon spoke with Mission Control on Earth, there was a noticeable time gap between a statement from Tranquility Base and its immediate acknowledgment from Houston.

Volcanos that erupt explosively are the most dangerous in the world.

The “Great American Eclipse” is making a return engagement this summer.

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has selected ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration Ph.D. candidate Mary Schultz for the prestigious 2017-2018 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship.

When community college transfer students start taking courses at a larger, more complex university setting, they face a variety of challenges.

For decades, researchers have studied the interior of the Earth using seismic waves from earthquakes.

Far out in the asteroid belt, more than 200 million miles from Earth, an asteroid the size of a Volkswagen Beetle lazily orbited the sun. Then something — we’ll never know what — disturbed it.

May

On Oct. 13, 2014, something very strange happened to the camera aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

Psyche, NASA’s Discovery Mission to a unique metal asteroid, has been moved up one year with launch in the summer of 2022, and with a planned arrival at the main asteroid belt in 2026 – four years

Phoenix Comicon will celebrate all things geek this weekend, including science fiction, comic books, superheroes, cosplay and fantasy.

Let’s say you have a complex, scientific story to tell, like you want to point out the irony that while researchers have determined the weight of the moon, the composition of stars and even a theor

Jupiter's moon Europa is definitely an odd place. Discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei, it was first seen in detail only in the late 1970s, after spacecraft visited the jovian system.

April

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

Arizona State University has earned 14 National Science Foundation early career faculty awards, ranking second among all university recipients for 2017 and setting an ASU record.

NASA has selected an instrument developed by Mark Robinson of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) and Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) to map the terrain and search for evidence of

Stars are the most commonly observed objects in the universe.

On Tuesday, May 9, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at th

Sometimes it's OK to get a little starry-eyed.

A missing link lies in the chain of astronomers' understanding of how stars and planetary systems are born, but a team of scientists and engineers from Arizona State University's School of Earth an

Arizona State University’s Center for Meteorite Studies looks for clues about the formation of the solar system by studying the characteristics of meteorites.

Imagine you’ve devoted years and years, even decades, gathering knowledge and insights in your given fields of study.

For the first time, Arizona will be hosting the nationally recognized Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon), bringing together scientists from across the country to report on new discoveries a

March

School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) postdoctoral researcher Adam Beardsley has recently won the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF)

Less than a year ago, Arizona State University received a $10.18 million grant from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Education Community to develop next-generation digital learning experiences th

Electricity, cellphones and the internet are just a few examples of tools we use every day that have become indispensable to modern life.

If you want to eradicate a deadly disease like cancer, you’ll certainly want to call on doctors, biologists and other health professionals.

Exploring new worlds requires vision and some well-educated guesses; visual cues are nice, too.

Most of modern physics was created in the past 100 years.

Unlocking humanity’s future as an interplanetary species is no simple feat.

For International Women’s Day on March 8, a range of female professors at ASU shared names of women they consider to be influential and inspiring.  

February

A series of storms recently battered northern California, causing the nation’s tallest dam to overflow and prompting the evacuation of more than 200,000 people.

On Sept. 8, 2016, NASA and Arizona State University embarked on a new space mission, OSIRIS-REx.

The discovery of seven warm, rocky “Earth-like” planets orbiting a star 39 light-years away has created new opportunities for science, according to the lead researcher of the

Arizona State University is one of the top producers of prestigious Fulbright scholars among research institutions for 2016-17, coming in at No.

Gazing at the night sky conjures deep questions about the universe.

Microscopy. Big data. Seismology.

Arizona State University astronomer Adam Schneider and his colleagues are hunting for an elusive object lost in space between our sun and the nearest stars.

Losing the truth is no less disconcerting than losing gravity. Suddenly, you’re down a rabbit hole where nothing makes sense and you don’t know what to believe.

ASU is rapidly becoming known for its out-of-this-world endeavors. From Psyche to CubeSat. From Mars to the moon. Here, in honor of Valentine’s Day, are five things we (heart) about space: 

A roomful of teachers are huddled in groups around pages of text, hurriedly highlighting, circling and underlining certain words and phrases.

January

Searching for new ideas and unique experiences with the family in 2017?

Arizona State University’s Origins Project is hosting a lecture by Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek, where he will discuss the “Materiality of a Vacuum: Late Night Thoughts of a Physicist” at 7 p.m.

In 1968, nine sailors set off to race each other around the world single-handedly. Some quit, their boats splintered by high seas. One sunk.

Water management and drought forecasting traditionally meant physically measuring surface water or groundwater, but Arizona State University researchers are tackling the problem in a new way: from

Arizona State University’s NASA mission to visit a metal asteroid is just beginning, but the first mission that marked the school as a major player in space exploration has been under way for more

Throughout all the ages of man, there has been a particular type of person who asks the same question. 

Arizona State University’s Psyche Mission, a journey to a metal asteroid, has been selected for flight, marking the first time the school will lea

NASA has approved a mission to explore asteroids that scientists — including Arizona State University researchers behind a key component — hope will reveal details about the earliest history of the

Paektu volcano, on the border between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and China, had its most recent eruption circa 946.

2016

December

The idea started after a depressing climate conference in 2012: ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) professor Steve Desch walked away feeling that the only scientific solution anyone

The growth of private space-exploration companies, such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, has changed the way scientists do business.

We can all rest easier knowing what keeps Carolyn Forbes up at night.

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2016 commencement.

On Dec. 13, ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will recognize the highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at the 2016 convocation.

November

Astronomer Evgenya Shkolnik of the School of Earth and Space Exploration is using the Hubble Space Telescope to explore how stars may hide evidence of life — or give false evidence for it.
The Sunday Times of London features a proposed mission to the asteroid Psyche led by ASU's Lindy Elkins-Tanton, director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration.
ASU scientists make a discovery at South American hot springs that could spur revisiting a Red Planet location already explored.

Having grown up watching U.S. astronauts land on the surface of the Moon, Jim Bell knew he wanted to be a planetary scientist. 

ASU Explorer Scott Parazynski helped to "wire" an active volcano with sensors to catch eruptions before they erupt.

When people look at a landmark like a peak, they may see a few things. A mountain, first of all. Maybe some history to go with it, like a Civil War battle once being fought at its foot.

Paradox: Scientists in fields that are closely related find it hardest to talk to each other.

October

About two years from now, the most powerful rocket ever built will roar off from the Florida coast.

How do stars form deep inside clouds of molecular gas? What's the history of star formation throughout cosmic time? When did the first stars form?

About three weeks ago, Toughie died.

He was the last Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog on Earth. If you’re not familiar with the species, it may be because it was only discovered in 2005.

Study reveals surface features younger than assumed; potential structures would need better protection

About 50,000 years ago, an asteroid collided with the Earth, leaving a mile-across impact crater in what is now northern Arizona.

Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series examining the work that ASU is doing in the realm of water as a resource in the arid West.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series examining the work that ASU is doing in the realm of water as a resource in the arid West.

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

September

The School of Earth and Space Exploration continues its fall semester New Discoveries Lecture Series with "Dry, drier, driest: H

Injecting wastewater deep underground as a byproduct of oil and gas extraction techniques that include fracking causes man-made earthquakes, the lead author of new research from Ar

As autumn looms and temperatures drop (at least for for most of the world), Arizona State University’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project stirs to life wit

Thirteen billion years ago, nearly every particle in the universe was affected by a new phenomenon: the emergence of starlight from the birth of stars in the first galaxies.

ASU’s Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration (SpaceTREx) SunCube FemtoSat and the SpaceTREx team, headed by Jekan Thanga, assistant professor with the School of Earth and Space Exploration, have

The first SESE-built space instrument is off on a journey to survey an asteroid and help scientists bring back rock and soil samples from it.

Arizona State University professor Lance Gharavi is an experimental artist and scholar who has a knack for linking with interdisciplinary teams to explore difficult subjects through multimedi

A space launch is a carefully choreographed dance, with thousands of players behind the scenes working to fire a rocket into the black void and send back a precious cargo of knowledge.

Some of the mysterious grooves on the surface of Mars' moon Phobos are the result of debris ejected by impacts eventually falling back onto the surface to form linear chains of craters, according t

Ahuna Mons is a volcano that rises 13,000 feet high and spreads 11 miles wide at its base. This would be impressive for a volcano on Earth.

August

In movies like “Apollo 13” and “The Martian,” there are scenes where there’s a mechanical problem in space and engineers turn to a copy on the ground to fix it.

It's uncanny. Dark finger-like streaks form on dozens of Martian crater rims and hillsides as local spring warms into summer.

The School of Earth and Space Exploration will kick off the fall semester New Discoveries L

The April 2015 Gorkha earthquake in Nepal killed more than 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000.

We can hear them now. A new ground tracking station featuring a 10-foot diameter dish at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus will allow researchers to communicate with satellites.

July

When NASA's Dawn spacecraft arrived to orbit the dwarf planet Ceres in March 2015, mission scientists expected to find a heavily cratered body generally resembling the asteroid Vesta, Dawn's previo

For Joan it’s all about the dinosaurs. Ana, however, prefers the asteroids. Around the corner, Humberto is mesmerized by an Apollo space shuttle replica.

June

A record high of 65.3 million people were asylum seekers, internally displaced people or refugees in 2015, according to a recent report by the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR). 

On June 2, a chunk of rock the size of a Volkswagen Beetle hurtled into the atmosphere over the desert Southwest at 40,000 miles per hour and broke apart over the White Mountains of eastern Arizona

Two massive blob-like structures lie deep within the Earth, roughly on opposite sides of the planet.
A new paper, published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, boldly discredits a recent report of carbyne synthesis. In the process, the authors propose a new class of materials.
Graduate students Emilie Dunham, Sam Gordon, Chuhong Mai, and Megan Miller, of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, have received coveted NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships (NESSF) for 2016.
A geochemical study of lunar impact rates earns ASU graduate student the GSA's 2016 Dwornik Award.

Arizona State University has no shortage of high-achieving Sun Devils making their mark on the world — and being recognized for it.

May

ASU's Lawrence Krauss is part of 3-man advisory team for Alpha-Centauri-or-bust Breakthrough Starshot mission.
ASU professor Jim Bell helped the Hubble Space Telescope make a new image of the Red Planet that no Mars-orbiting spacecraft can give.

Nobel laureate Edward Prescott got The Phone Call at 4 a.m., an hour typically not a harbinger of good tidings.

Scott Parazynski logged more than eight weeks in space, performed seven spacewalks — including one hailed as most dangerous ever.
Growing up in rural Massachusetts helped ASU grad Nathan Williams gain appreciation for natural processes
NASA has selected an Arizona State University undergraduate student team for a $200,000 grant to conduct hands-on flight research.
Chad Ostrander, graduating senior at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, awarded National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

James Cornelison, research fellow with the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), has recently been accepted at Harvard University's Center for Astrophysics Ph.D. program.

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement.

ASU/SESE grad Carl Fields wins Ford Foundation and NSF fellowships.

April

Miranda Herman, graduating from ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Department of Physics, wins Dean’s Medal and Moeur Award.

On Tuesday, May 10, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest-achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at t

Scientific American editor-in-chief and ASU theoretical physicist talk science, journalism, and breaking down barriers.
ASU KEDtalks launch a series of 'conversations for the curious' with the director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration.
Two-thirds of this year's elite Flinn Scholars will call ASU home.

The search for life beyond Earth is one of the major drivers of space exploration.

ASU's SunCube FemtoSat will open space exploration to everyone, with launch costs as low as $3,000 for low-Earth orbit.

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter carried the ASU-designed THEMIS camera to Mars, where it has greatly increased humanity's knowledge of this small neighbor world, both like and unlike our own.

March

The universe is a dangerous place. Join Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration from 7 to 10 p.m.

It’s a great big world of science out there. And picking your own path is just part of the fun, a group of middle school girls learned recently at ASU.

Arizona State University has received a $10.18 million grant from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Education Community to develop next-generation digital learning experiences that incorpora

ASU postdoctoral scholar Kohei Kamada will join this summer with Nobel laureates at a selective meeting of leading physicists from all over the world.
Hilairy Hartnett, associate professor at the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Molecular Sciences at ASU, will explore how nature and human management affect our water.
Depp event gives ASU professor Lawrence Krauss the lowest ever Erdos-Bacon-Sabbath number, the ultimate cross-disciplinary kudos.
Johnny Depp joins ASU professor Lawrence Krauss for an Origins Project dialogue at ASU Gammage.
ASU researchers develop new technique to better understand where temblors are more likely to occur, help communities prepare.
Air Force's SWIMSat, to be designed and built by ASU students, will monitor meteor strikes and solar plasma eruptions.
Proposed instrument is designed to measure spectra of gas clouds within star-forming regions.
Experts in gravity waves from Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration and Department of Physics will hold a public lecture and panel on March 3.

February

ASU professor hopes Smithsonian exhibition of LROC team's striking images gets people excited about returning to the Moon.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum opens its newest exhibition, “A New Moon Rises: New Views from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera,” on Feb. 26.
ASU/SESE postdoctoral researcher turned interest in dinosaurs into a passion for outer space.
The Indian bus driver was not hit and killed by a meteorite, says Laurence Garvie, curator for ASU's Center for Meteorite Studies, in his New Discoveries public talk.
From effective team science to drones on the range, Arizona State University faculty and students played a big role in the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

NASA has announced the selection of Science Investigation Teams for its Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

Predicting evaporation, and its responses to changes in land use, is essential to managing precious water resources in the arid Southwest.
The research team will seek to answer the fundamental question of where the water on Earth originally came from.
Through its history, the Earth has been bombarded by extraterrestrial material ranging from dust-size particles to objects large enough to destroy cities and cause mass extinctions.
In the 100th-anniversary year of Einstein’s theory of relativity, scientists have proved it by detecting gravity waves. ASU's Krauss hails discovery, which he predicted, as important as the invention of the telescope.
ASU’s top Mars experts and NASA officials met at the university to discuss what needs to be taught to get the next generation to the Red Planet.
The first flight of NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System, will carry LunaH-Map, a CubeSat from ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration.
On February 5, the first Earth & Space Open House of 2016 will take you across the globe and into space in the spirit of exploration.

January

Have you made it up before dawn to see the alignment of five planets in the skyline?

Yeah, there’s the Nobel Prize. That’s great. Eight hundred and seventy people have one. Olympic gold medals? Thousands out there. To be amongst the truly exclusive, you have to have...
For Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, ASU’s senior vice president for Knowledge Enterprise Development, this winter has felt positively balmy after a recent trip to Antarctica.
News broke this week that a planet 10 times the size of Earth may be lurking at the edge of the solar system. Why haven't we noticed it before?
New 3-D show takes audiences on a journey through the birth, life and death of stars.
ASU astronaut coaching session brings hopefuls with stars in their eyes.
The elements iron and aluminum found in certain clays give them strong bacteria-killing properties, even against antibiotic-resistant microbes. ASU researchers have found how they work.

2015

December

ASU faculty and staff share why they're looking ahead to 2016, for reasons close to home and stretching into the far reaches of space.
NASA has chosen Science Investigation Teams for its Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope. ASU's SESE will lead one of these teams.
Welcome to exoplanets, the newest and sexiest field in astronomy, where in the hunt for alien worlds the Holy Grail is discovering another Earth.
Tiny diamonds, once thought to consist of a large variety of types, are actually all structurally altered versions of ordinary diamonds.
SESE Moon scientists photograph Earth rising over craterscape via NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
SESE Associate Professor Steven Semken won the award for co-editing Geology of Route 66 Region: Flagstaff to Grants.
SESE scientists have explanation for fresh spots on ancient surface.
After nine years in the workforce, Escoto pursued his degree, conducting undergraduate research on Hawaiian volcanism.
Science celeb Bill Nye visits ASU to share his views on a "bright" future outside Earth.
ASU scientists zoom in to study the dynamics that drive planet formation.

November

Earth’s deep interior transport system explains volcanic island lava complexities.
ASU team starts complex process of designing s shoebox-size CubeSat that will orbit the Moon and look for water.
ASU scientists help lead research team solving the puzzle of Earth’s Great Oxidation Event.
ASU researchers to study thermonuclear reaction rates to determine how much of certain elements exploding stars can produce.

October

Some may have found that scene in “Gravity” where Sandra Bullock is floating untethered through space to be rather frightening, but Pye Pye Zaw thinks floating in microgravity is “majestic.”

Will 13 be ASU's lucky number? The competition now underway will end with the selection of the 13th Discovery mission.

May

Until recently, it took hours – sometimes days – to analyze biological samples after they were frozen in the field and brought back to the laboratory.